Check Out “The Old Republic: Rescue Mission,” a Short Film Based on KOTOR {Video}

Check Out “The Old Republic: Rescue Mission,” a Short Film Based on KOTOR {Video}


Proving once again that Star Wars fans are some of the most creative, imaginative, and talented people around, here comes the all-new short film The Old Republic: Rescue Mission, based on the game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

Find out more below:

What if the only way to be a hero was to become a villain?

Short Synopsis

A thief captured for reasons involving a galactic threat is the target of a rescue attempt by the Republic’s finest, botched by the fallen hero she had served with many years ago.

What is TOR:RM?

The Old Republic: Rescue Mission is a Star Wars fan-made short film based on lore from Star Wars: Knights of The Old Republic videogame. It is an original story featuring Mission Vao and Revan, set between the events of the KOTOR game and Drew Karpyshyn’s novel ‘Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan’.

The team that’s brought this concept to life is a collective of individuals who are all fans of Star Wars and have pledged to help in any way they can, in addition to JMC Academy’s facilities and colleagues whom were assigned to roles during the shooting process. The idea was born through a cosplay hobby, which quickly escalated into something that we’d like to consider film-grade. We are all under the banner of strictly non-for-profit.

This was initially a graduate project for a final assessment at a university. It became something enormous as we were driven by our passion for the franchise, and aimed to set a benchmark as Australian filmmakers. We’ve received an astounding amount of support from colleagues, fans and mentors thus far, and truly want to see this project flourish come release.

Larger Synopsis

Under the oppressive custody of bounty hunters and no viable escape plan thought out, Mission contacts the planetary police force informing them of her last known location. She attempts to stall her captors in hopes that she will be rescued before she’s taken off-world. Meanwhile, pursued by an Order tasked at purging those who practice dark sorcery, Revan is in search of a relic that could plunge the core worlds into warfare if it falls into the wrong hands. He requires the assistance of a technologically adept data hacker, his old friend: Mission Vao.

The cast of characters:

Directors’ Statement

The Old Republic: Rescue Mission is a passion project born from the idea of breaking the bounds of achievability. Begun as a small collective of individuals and soon becoming a larger team, we set out with an aim to create some of the best fan-made content ever to be based from the Star Wars Expanded Universe lore. With the team’s central love for gaming and cinema, we blended the best of both worlds to create a short film that emphasizes an emotional journey of characters as opposed to a sequence of events in a timeline. Our motto was to develop an adaptable story and set it in a Star Wars universe, rather than adopting canonical tropes and making a Star Wars film. Our primary theme of TOR:RM explores the grey area that characters exist in, where the definition of one’s self is established in a complex way that we as humans identify ourselves. Traditionally, characters in similar genre and content (both video games and movies) are commonly categorized as good and evil, black and white. TOR:RM disregards the idea, as we want audiences to keep guessing.

The Old Republic: Rescue Mission is an Action piece, set in a Science-Fiction world with Dramatic and Comedic moments. We wanted to give fans a fresh approach to Star Wars content by adhering to a winning Fantasy formula. Although visually iconic of Star Wars, our focus goes to the characters of this piece.

– Dean Musumeci & Michael Irwin

You can watch The Old Republic: Rescue Mission below:

For more information, please visit the official Facebook page for The Old Republic: Rescue Mission.

Thank you to Dean for the press release and video. Images from Facebook
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  1. Melinda
    November 3, 2015 at 09:45 Reply

    I have to run right now, but I definitely will be back later today to give this film a viewing. I’m really looking forward to it. While I did not play KOTOR, it remains — to this day — one of my daughter’s favorite video games. She has told me enough of the story that — I hope 😉 — will stand me in good stead so I can follow what’s going on. If not, I’ll let my imagination pick up the slack. 🙂

    Until later, MTFBWY 🙂

  2. Melinda
    November 3, 2015 at 10:58 Reply

    Well, that was a fun short film to watch! It was obvious that the filmmakers and cast put a lot of effort — and love — into this effort.

    It is obvious, however, that I am going to have to ask my daughter some of the specifics that occurred in KOTOR to tie this KOTOR-RM into the video game. Or play the game myself. 😉

    MTFBWY 🙂

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